March 4th, 2015
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents at their town meeting Monday endorsed a series of charter changes that pave the way for the community to appoint its treasurer (as opposed to electing that person) and delineate specific responsibilities for the town clerk. Both the treasurer and town clerk positions will have terms of one year, if the charter changes are endorsed by the state Legislature — which is usually a formality.
RIPTON — Ripton residents at their town meeting re-elected Selectman Ronald Wimett in the lone contested race on the ballot and approved all of the money items they were presented.
Wimett won election to a three-year term over challenger Perry Hanson by a 64 to 49 tally.
Residents passed fiscal year 2016 budgets of $294,100 and $282,900, respectively, for highway and general services.
Also endorsed were articles asking that the town clerk and treasurer’s positions be elected on an annual basis, beginning on March 1, 2016.
PANTON — Panton residents on Tuesday decided a number of financial questions, chose several new officers, and weighed in on Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School spending.
Those nominated from the floor of town meeting on Tuesday morning and returned to office by voice vote included selectboard members Beth Tarallo and Howard Hall, VUHS board member Richard Rathbun, and Vergennes-Panton Water District Commissioner David Philbrook.
ORWELL — Orwell residents approved school and municipal budgets, elected town and school officials on Town Meeting Day and, on the preceding evening, decided a number of items at the annual town meeting.
The proposed school spending plan for the next fiscal year passed by voice vote. The plan comes to $1,809,406, a 5.5 percent increase from the $1,709,645 approved last year.
NEW HAVEN — Two selectboard seats were up for grabs Tuesday in New Haven. Voters chose Jim Walsh over incumbent Charles Roy, 283 to 222, and Steve Dupoise Sr. over Susan Smiley, by a tally of 278 to 243.
In total, 538 voters showed up at the polls in New Haven. By a vote of 373 to 96, townspeople said “yes” to a 2015-2016 road fund budget that calls for $1.01 million in spending, which is 9.6 percent less than the sum voters approved last year. It will require raising $635,467 from property taxes.
MONKTON — Monkton voters this week approved spending at the municipal level but said “no” to the proposed spending plan for their school.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 120 Middlebury residents turned out at their annual meeting Monday evening to overwhelmingly endorse all of the money items on their warning, and they returned to the polls the next day to field a ballot featuring one contested race. In that race, for a three-year term on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board, Leslie Bodette defeated Elaine Orozco Hammond, 336-219.
LINCOLN — Lincoln residents approved all articles as warned at their town meeting Monday evening; nevertheless, the meeting ran well past 10 p.m.
In the hot-button topic of the night, voters approved a bond up to $59,000 to renovate the existing town office; the measure won by a margin of 223 to 161.